Tag Archives: Friends and Family of Addicts

How Do You Start a Conversation About Addiction?

Friends discussing alphaprodine abuse. Contributed by JourneyPure, The Standard in Addiction Treatment. In the distance, there are the familiar sounds of raised voices—two, maybe three. They are arguing…“No—wait—please. I just want to talk!”  Then…“Just leave me alone—you don’t know anything—I don’t want to talk about it!”  Followed by the inevitable slamming of the door…silence…and the muffled cries of the [...]
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Patience and Caring for a Suspicious Spouse After Porn Addiction

Couple struggling with Sexual Addiction Many people are surprised by the devastating impact of sexual addiction, or the use of pornography on a marriage. There is a wide range of reactions to a spouse disclosing an addiction, or it being exposed, which range from denial and avoidance to symptoms that look like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) [1]. As humans [...]
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Put Down the Smartphone, Get Back to Relationships

Man with his smartphone Ahh, my smartphone. It thrills me and yet, it terrifies me. It contains possibly every bit of my personal information, habits, photos, and holds this sort of power to where if I lose it, I feel as though I’ve lost myself. So many times I’ve said that a piece of metal having that much control [...]
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He Loved Them to the End

Man reading and in prayer Several years ago, I was sitting by myself after a day of school and work, waiting for my new wife, Michelle, to get home and join me for dinner together and an evening of fun and enjoyment. About 4 PM in the afternoon, something hit me, and within minutes I was doubled over in the [...]
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Managing Your Addiction One Notification at a Time

Woman on Phone It was a normal Wednesday evening. I just pulled into the driveway after a long day at the office, came into the home, and greeted the children one by one. Michelle and I hung out in the kitchen before dinner. As we began catching up on the day, we hit a relational blockade that was [...]
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